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Sep 06

Disney “Traveling Around The World”-Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland – Part 1 – Cinderella Castle

 

Welcome Back “World” travelers! Today we embark on a new journey into the magic of Fantasyland. The Main Entrance to Fantasyland is through the breathtaking Cinderella Castle.

Cinderella Castle is the most photographed building at Walt Disney World, and the primary icon for the popular theme park. Standing at 189 feet tall, the graceful spires and towers were inspired by the French castles of the 12th and 13th century, as well as Disney’s animated feature film, Cinderella. The fairytale Castle may look like the real thing, but it is actually made out of steel beams, plaster, concrete and fiberglass, not bricks.

Regardless of what it’s made out of, I am convinced that this castle has magical powers. As you walk into the Magic Kingdom and turn the corner to look down Main Street, there it is, towering before you. This is a moment that you will always remember, and one that you will look forward to over and over again, everytime you step into the Magic Kingdom. Now that’s what I call magic!

Everything about this castle is magic, the restaurant inside, the fantasy suite inside, the shows performed on its outdoor stage, and the breathtaking backdrop that it provides to the magical fireworks show every night. Let’s take a look at some of that Disney Magic.

Inside the Castle you’ll see the Disney family coat of arms displayed. As you walk through the Castle, you’ll see the intricate mosaic murals. These colorful masterpieces are made from over a million pieces of Italian glass in addition to real silver and 14 karat gold pieces. The five 15′ by 10′ murals tell the “happily ever after” story of Cinderella.

On the second floor is Cinderella’s Royal Table restaurant. Cinderella’s Royal Table offers Fairytale Dining in a storybook setting for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Getting a table can be a challenge, depending on the time of year you visit, since it’s the hardest of all reservations to book. Besides it’s beautiful location, the opportunity to have the Disney Princesses come around to your table for autographs and photo opportunities is a must for the young and old. This dining option does require pre-payment and it also includes a photo package of your entire party with Cinderella herself.

On one of the upper floors is the exclusive Cinderella Castle Suite. Disney World first announced the creation of the Cinderella Suite in 2006. The space was originally intended to be a place that Walt Disney and his family would stay in the park. Sadly, Walt never got to see his creation since he died in December 1966, almost five years before the Magic Kingdom opened. The Castle Suite is on the fourth floor and is accessed by a special elevator. Before 2006, the space in Cinderella Castle was empty, although at times it was used for storage and was also the home of the Disney telephone operators for awhile. The suite was built for the “Year of a Million Dreams” promotion, where an overnight stay inside the suite was awarded to one family each night of the year-long promotion and was one of the most sought after prizes that Disney’s ever offered. Today a stay here is rumored to be given to those that make large charitable donations.

Take a look at this video of Cinderella Suite:

The forecourt stage area of the Castle is home to stage productions where the Disney characters perform daily. Currently the “Dream Along with Mickey” show is performing several times daily. Past shows include Cinderella’s Surprise Celebration and Cinderellabration,  They also have seasonal shows during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Perhaps the most memorable and magical moments of the castle come after the sun goes down. Wishes Nighttime Spectacular is the biggest, brightest fireworks extravaganza in Magic Kingdom theme park history. Jiminy Cricket serves as your host, as the story of Disney Characters are told through music, fireworks and other special effects. A magnificent musical score syncs with the fireworks for a stunning aural and visual experience. Wishes is truly a memorable and magical event that is held nightly at the Magic Kingdom. There are also special Wishes firework shows for the Halloween and Christmas holiday seasons.

Here is a glimpse of the Wishes Nighttime Spectactular:

Hallowishes 

 Holiday Wishes

 

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